Kibwana opposes BBI, warns leaders who are chest-thumping

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A past photo of Makueni Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana. (Photo - File)

Makueni County Governor Prof. Kivutha Kibwana has taken issue with specific proposals in the BBI report, hinting at opposing the BBI.

According to the Governor who spoke to the press at Wote Thursday, the BBI report will only benefit and bring together 5 communities who will share positions and leave out the rest of Kenya.

He took a swipe at leaders who he says are chest-thumping on the BBI noting that ordinary Kenyans have not had a chance to read the report as there has been no effort to distribute copies to them.

“People who are saying the first and the second BBI report are the same that is not true. Even some signatures had issues. Some people in the taskforce have admitted that some things were added to the final report.” Kibwana said.

“Joint BBI secretary Paul Mwangi has said that they didn’t know the views they were collecting from Kenyans would result in a referendum. At some point, it changed and emerged that the second BBI was for amending the constitution.” He added.

The second term governor expressed his concerns with the judiciary ombudsman proposal in the BBI report who is set to be appointed by the president noting that will affect the independence of the judiciary.

On the police being under the interior ministry, Kibwana warned that will compromise independence and could result in extrajudicial killings.

On the proposal to have 35 percent going to counties, Kibwana expressed fears that there might be a need to further discuss this proposal as devolving 15 percent has been a challenge and the counties have received late disbursement.

“For leaders to chest thump and say when they speak it should be so, We will not accept that.” He cautioned.

Kibwana’s remarks on BBI came the same day when catholic Bishops rejected key BBI proposals such as the imperial president, Judiciary ombudsman, expanding parliament, Kenya police council among other proposals.

The church’s bishops had retreated to the Marian Shrine in Subukia, Nakuru County, to deliberate on the BBI report.

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